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'It represents the very core of our history'

In Gloucester, where families have lost thousands of fishermen, plan for coin inspired by memorial stirs proud hearts

Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly to have a depiction of Gloucester's Man at the Wheel minted on the back of a US quarter. Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly to have a depiction of Gloucester's Man at the Wheel minted on the back of a US quarter. (Globe Staff Photo / John Blanding)
By Steven Rosenberg
Globe Staff / April 16, 2009

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For 83 years, the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial has towered over the city's main boulevard. Fishermen and their families consider it a holy place, and the bronze statue - which depicts a fisherman holding a boat's wheel out at sea - is a magnet for tourists and locals. Even Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes shed tears when he saw the ... (Full article: 943 words)

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